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  • Broome rolls out BRPD use of force policy changes Play Video

    February 1, 2017 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome held a press conference Thursday morning outlining several new policies for the Baton Rouge Police Department regarding use of force. On Thursday, Broome stated that her administration had examined the department's use of force policy and agreed upon the following changes that... more »
  • 18-year-old Gretna mayoral candidate disqualified

    January 25, 2017 8:34 PM

    GRETNA, La. - An 18-year-old high school student who signed up to run for Gretna mayor has been disqualified from the race. The New Orleans Advocate reports William Boartfield Jr.'s ouster results from a lawsuit accusing him of not living in Gretna long enough to run. State District Judge Raymond... more »
  • 18-year-old running for Gretna mayor

    January 21, 2017 1:37 PM

    GRETNA - The majority of Gretna's elected leadership - the five incumbents on the City Council and the police chief - have each been automatically returned to office after no one filed to run against them last week. But things didn't go quite that way for Mayor Belinda Constant. The... more »
  • New security plan could make Bourbon Street pedestrian only

    January 10, 2017 11:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu is working on plans for new permanent security measures along Bourbon Street. It's an effort to prevent a repeat of two shooting incidents that each claimed one life and wounded nine on the city's most famous entertainment strip in the past few years. The... more »
  • Mayor Broome urges residents to stay off roads during icy weather Play Video

    January 6, 2017 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is urging all resident to stay off the road as winter weather passes over the Baton Rouge area. “Anyone who must drive is urged to use extreme caution,” Broome said during a new conference Friday afternoon. The Mayor’s Office of Homeland... more »
  • Outgoing Mayor Kip Holden says last year was tough Play Video

    December 28, 2016 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With days left in the office, outgoing Mayor-President of Baton Rouge Kip Holden said that he is leaving behind a tough year. "This year has been more trying matter of fact, so trying, I switched from Rogaine to Brogaine to get more hair," Holden joked. Holden's first... more »
  • C. Denise Marcelle endorses Weston Broome for mayor

    December 1, 2016 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Former Baton Rouge mayoral candidate C. Denise Marcelle announced Thursday that she is endorsing Sharon Weston Broome for mayor. Marcelle said she will continue to work with Weston Broome as a Louisiana legislator to help East Baton Rouge Parish residents rebuild after August’s historic flooding. ... more »
  • WBRZ hosts first live TV debate for EBR Mayor-President Play Video

    November 29, 2016 7:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – WBRZ hosted an hour-long mayoral debate Tuesday. The two candidates vying for the seat, State Senator Bodi White and former State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, fielded questions ranging from the shooting death of Alton Sterling to dealing with traffic and the long recovery following the August... more »
  • Gissel endorses Sharon Weston Broome for Mayor-President

    November 23, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Former independent Mayoral candidate and businessman Darryl Gissel says he’s endorsing Sharon Weston Broome for mayor. Gissel made the announcement alongside Weston Broome Wednesday morning outside his downtown Baton Rouge office. “If we are going to serve the needs of our whole community, it is... more »
  • Weston Broome, White particpate in debate prior to runoff election Play Video

    November 21, 2016 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge's candidates for Mayor-President, Sharon Weston Broome and Bodi White went head to head during a debate hosted by the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday. The candidates were hit with questions on top issues, one of them on community policing. Weston Broome said that... more »
  • Gonzales voters re-elect Mayor Barney Arceneaux

    November 8, 2016 6:15 PM

    GONZALES – Voters have decided to re-elect Mayor of Gonzales Barney Arceneaux rather than choosing new leadership for the role. The two candidates, both Democrats, in the race were Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Councilman Terance Irvin. Arceneaux has been serving as mayor of the city since January 2009.... more »
  • Last minute campaigning in Baton Rouge Mayor-President race Play Video

    November 7, 2016 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Campaigns big and small giving it their all on the last day before the election. Democrat Sharon Weston Broome running one of the larger campaigns in this race. Her Mid-City headquarters was bustling Monday with volunteers making calls and assembling signs. "We have volunteers that... more »
  • Turbulent summer mars Baton Rouge mayoral race

    November 2, 2016 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a turbulent summer of bloodshed, racial tensions and catastrophic flooding, Louisiana's capital will elect a new mayor to lead a city emerging from some of its darkest days. Turmoil in Baton Rouge has shaped the race and raised its stakes, yet the mayoral election remains an... more »
  • Marcelle keeps party endorsement in mayor's race Play Video

    October 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An embarrassing evening Wednesday for the East Baton Rouge Democratic Party as members of the executive committee re-voted on their endorsements for a number of parish offices. Last week the party threw its support behind State Representative Denise Marcelle for Mayor-President in a close vote against other... more »
  • New Roads mayor pleads not guilty to criminal charges Play Video

    October 11, 2016 11:20 AM

    NEW ROADS – New Roads Mayor Robert Myer pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of malfeasance in office and abuse of power for allegedly using the town's credit card for his personal use. Following Myer's arraignment, his attorney, Steven Moore, said charges could be "politically motivated" and the indictment... more »
  • Greensburg's mayor's office open - again

    October 1, 2016 11:16 AM

    GREENSBURG - For the second time in about four months, Greensburg is without a mayor. Mayor-elect Willie Hurst resigned Tuesday. Hurst, a former alderman, was elected in March to serve a four-year term as mayor beginning Dec. 1. Gov. John Bel Edwards later appointed him to the post on an... more »
  • Second Greensburg mayor resigns in five month span

    September 30, 2016 11:48 AM

    GREENSBURG – For the second time in five months, a mayor of Greensburg, La. has resigned. Greensburg Mayor Willie Hurst resigned his position earlier this week. Alderwoman Amanda Ficklin-Mixon will serve as Mayor Pro-Tem and fill in the position until another mayor is appointed or elected. Former Greensburg... more »
  • EBR begins residential property debris removal Monday

    September 19, 2016 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Kip Holden and the City-Parish will begin its expanded curbside debris removal program on Monday. The program, the Private Property Debris Removal program developed with FEMA approval, authorizes the City-Parish to collect disaster-related debris from residential properties impacted by the recent flood. Through the... more »
  • Mayor Kip Holden out of country, in Taiwan

    September 8, 2016 8:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden is in Taiwan, the WBRZ investigate Unit has learned from multiple sources. Questions about Holden's attention to recent disasters and tragedies has been discussed among people close to city government since July. Just this week, Metro Council members expressed frustrations with him being absent from... more »
  • New Roads Mayor denies illegal behavior at special meeting Play Video

    August 9, 2016 11:41 PM

    NEW ROADS - New Roads Mayor Robert Myer addressed the city council for the first since his arrest last week at a special meeting Tuesday night at city hall. Myer is accused of charging thousands of dollars on the city's credit card for his personal use. At the special... more »
  • Absent during protests, Baton Rouge mayor is more visible

    July 20, 2016 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After police killed a man outside a convenience store and protesters filled the streets, the first black mayor of the Louisiana capital was conspicuously missing. His absence was so glaring that demonstrators called for Kip Holden's resignation. But with the shooting deaths of three law enforcement officers... more »
  • Where is Mayor Kip Holden? Play Video

    July 11, 2016 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Questions are being raised about why Mayor Kip Holden isn't more visible as the nation is watching what happened in Baton Rouge last Tuesday. Aside from one press conference, Holden has been mostly absent from the public eye involving the shooting death of Alton Sterling which gained... more »
  • Politicians comment on deadly officer-involved shooting

    July 5, 2016 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayoral candidate Sharon Weston Broome became the latest official to comment on a deadly officer-involved shooting when she issued a news release late Tuesday evening. > The NAACP called for the mayor and police chief to resign at a news conference on the steps of city hall... more »
  • Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office at odds with New Roads Mayor over juvenile prosecution Play Video

    June 28, 2016 5:26 PM

    NEW ROADS- The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office is at odds with the Mayor of New Roads following a WBRZ Investigative Unit report earlier this month. It centers around Mayor Robert Myer prosecuting juveniles in Mayor's court. Legal scholars and attorneys say that's against the law since juveniles must... more »
  • Smokie Bourgeois enters race for EBR mayor

    June 11, 2016 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Metro Councilman Smokie Bourgeois entered a crowded race for mayor Saturday morning. “ My parents’ house was right up the street. I rode my bicycle all around and to downtown. That’s why I know it’s uphill all the way to downtown. Today I’m officially doing... more »
  • Marcelle announces mayoral run

    May 31, 2016 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative and former Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle announced she will be running for EBR Mayor-President this fall in a press release issued Tuesday evening. In a statement, Marcelle says she made the decision after "being encouraged by many citizens from all areas of the... more »
  • BR real estate broker announces candidacy for EBR Mayor-President

    May 24, 2016 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A local real estate broker has announced to run as a candidate for Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish. Darryl Gissel announced his candidacy Tuesday morning. Gissel is also the former executive director of the State Republican Party and the special assistant for Governor Dave Treen. ... more »
  • Greensburg Mayor quits amid WBRZ Investigative Unit report Play Video

    May 19, 2016 10:39 PM

    GREENSBURG- The longtime Mayor in the Town of Greensburg resigned amid a report that aired Thursday on WBRZ-TV. The Investigative Unit uncovered he has been living in a completely different parish than the town he represents. An ordinance on the books in the town mandates, "The Mayor... more »
  • Mayor quits as Nakamoto, WBRZ Investigative Unit report looms

    May 17, 2016 1:32 PM

    GREENSBURG - The mayor of this small town resigned amid a WBRZ Investigative Unit inquiry into where he resides. The story is still being finalized for a television presentation later this week, but Burke Jones wrote in an email Tuesday, he was stepping down. The story is scheduled to... more »
  • Power shut off at Brandywine complex because of overdue payments Play Video

    May 5, 2016 8:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for Entergy says power has been shut off to the Brandywine apartment complex because of overdue payments totaling more than $60,000. News 2 began asking questions after receiving calls from several concerned residents claiming they hadn't had electricity since Wednesday morning. They're concerned about... more »
  • Council could overturn mayor's veto of NBR economic development Play Video

    April 26, 2016 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council will vote Wednesday to possibly override Mayor-President Kip Holden's veto for a proposal to create an economic development district in north Baton Rouge. Holden denied the request last week, after the Metro Council unanimously approved the district, sponsored by council member John Delgado.... more »
  • Baker City Council to discuss annexing land

    April 12, 2016 10:11 AM

    BAKER- Baker’s City Council and mayor are set to discuss an ordinance to annex a part of land in the city’s area. According to the ordinance, the area of land is 50 acres about 1 mile west of Baker and bounded by Baker Road on the north and on the... more »
  • Click here for municipal and primary election results

    April 9, 2016 6:17 PM

    CLICK HERE FOR LIVE ELECTION RESULTS BATON ROUGE – Polls closed at 8 p.m. for many areas around the Capital City Saturday. Voters in West Baton Rouge Parish are voting whether to renew a tax for the West Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit. The unit receives some... more »
  • Former mayor Longanecker pleads guilty to child porn, animal cruelty Play Video

    January 19, 2016 12:43 PM

    GONZALES - The former Mayor of Sorrento, Wilson Longanecker Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to possessing child porn and animal cruelty in an Ascension Parish Courtroom. Longanecker's deal for his guilty plea to all 50 charges gets him 40 years behind bars, according to authorities. He will receive credit... more »
  • Court rejects appeal of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

    January 7, 2016 1:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who was convicted in 2014 on corruption charges. The 5th Circuit's U.S. Court of Appeals in a decision filed Thursday upheld Nagin's conviction Nagin, a Democrat who served from 2002 to 2010,... more »
  • Holden gives last State of the City Address Play Video

    January 6, 2016 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kip Holden claims a number of accomplishments during his time in office including a lower crime rate, improved traffic and a revitalized downtown. The mayor-president gave his last State of the City address Wednesday at the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. He gave credit to those who came... more »
  • Next Baton Rouge mayor will earn more than Kip Holden

    December 9, 2015 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The next mayor will earn $175,000 a year each year they are mayor thanks to a raise approved by the Metro Council Wednesday. The pay increase is for a flat, four-year salary. The mayor will not earn any pay raises. Voters in East Baton Rouge... more »
  • New Orleans mayor slams Trump's remarks about Muslims

    December 8, 2015 5:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has joined other critics in condemning GOP presidential contender Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States. In a statement Tuesday, Landrieu said Trump's comments are "absolutely disgraceful." Landrieu says Americans "must reject his poisonous rhetoric, which is reminiscent... more »
  • Bigger government up for vote in Central Play Video

    December 7, 2015 10:28 PM

    CENTRAL - Tuesday night, the city council in Central is set to discuss and vote on adding two more council members. The ordinance, introduced by council member Wayne Messina, would establish a seven-member council with five elected from districts and two elected at-large. It would also appropriate about $6,000... more »
  • Councilman recommends salary increase for next mayor

    November 9, 2015 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Councilman Joel Boé is suggesting the council set the next mayor's salary at $225,000 annually to "attract the best and brightest for the job." The item, which has previously been deferred by the council, appears on Tuesday's agenda. Boé tells News 2 he will ask... more »
  • Kenner proposes raises for mayor, police chief

    November 8, 2015 1:33 PM

    KENNER - Kenner officials are trying to increase the annual pay for the mayor and police chief by more than 50 percent. City Councilman Keith Conley says he proposed a pay increase ordinance because salaries for those posts were "stagnant." He says the mayor's and chief's salaries have not been... more »
  • Documents detail dispute between figures in Ray Nagin case

    October 13, 2015 12:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has unsealed several documents connected to two prominent figures in former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's corruption case, revealing more details of a financial dispute involving the former government witnesses. Local media outlets are reporting that New Orleans businessman Scott Sewell contends in the... more »
  • Late mayor's wife to serve rest of his term

    September 23, 2015 12:06 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The late mayor's wife was appointed to serve the rest of his term Tuesday night. Mary Gulotta will be mayor through next year. Gulotta's husband, Tony, died nearly two weeks ago of a heart attack. The next mayoral election will be November 2016. ************** ... more »
  • Plaquemine mayor's funeral service set for Wednesday

    September 16, 2015 9:24 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - People are getting ready to pay their final respects to the late Plaquemine Mayor Tony Gulotta. His body arrived Tuesday afternoon to lie in state at city hall. Groups of mourners stopped by to pay their final respects to the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. Gulotta was... more »
  • Body of Plaquemine mayor brought to lie in state

    September 15, 2015 5:14 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The body of late Plaquemine mayor Tony Gulotta arrived Tuesday afternoon to lie in state at city hall. The casket was greeted by an honor guard and groups of mourners who stood by the pay their respects to the longest-serving mayor of Plaquemine. Gulotta's visitation at... more »
  • Court: New Orleans mayor can remain free during appeal

    September 15, 2015 8:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu can remain free while his overriding contempt of court appeal is being resolved. The state Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a state judge "abused" his discretion when he denied a request to suspend his contempt... more »
  • Funeral arrangements set for Plaquemine Mayor

    September 13, 2015 7:31 PM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. - The funeral arrangements have been set for Plaquemine Mayor Tony Gulotta, who died on Friday. The body will lie in honor at Plaquemine City Hall for public visitation on Tuesday, September 15, from 4 until 8 p.m. Visitation will also be held at St. John the... more »
  • Springfield mayor resigns after plea deal, could come back Play Video

    September 11, 2015 6:36 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The mayor of Springfield in Livingston parish is on his way out of office, but that may not be the last time people see him working for the town. Mayor Charles Martin will resign Sunday after getting caught in a DWI cover-up investigation. In 2011, investigators say Martin... more »
  • Landrieu avoids house arrest after state Supreme Court intervenes

    September 11, 2015 4:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Supreme Court issued a temporary stay Friday afternoon to a judge's order that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu should face house arrest over pay negotiations with city firefighters. The order means Landrieu will not be confined to his home this weekend, when Civil Court... more »
  • Plaquemine mayor dies from heart attack

    September 11, 2015 12:45 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - Plaquemine Mayor Tony Gulotta died Friday morning of an apparent heart attack, according to the Iberville Parish sheriff. Sheriff Brett Stassi said Gulotta was found unresponsive some time after 10 a.m. The parish coroner's office later confirmed Gulotta died from a heart attack, and had a... more »
  • New Orleans mayor faces possible house arrest

    September 4, 2015 1:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Facing a possible house arrest sentence, the mayor of New Orleans says the city will appeal a judge's order holding him in contempt for failing to come up with an acceptable plan to pay a $75 million judgment in a decades-old legal dispute with city firefighters. ... more »
  • Empty spaces on riverfront cause political squabble Play Video

    August 31, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders responded to criticisms Monday they haven't been doing enough for development along the Baton Rouge Riverfront. Mayor-President Kip Holden and Davis Rhorer, the executive director of the Downtown Development District, held a hastily-called press conference Monday morning to answer criticisms they said were recently... more »
  • Mayor holding 11 a.m. press conference on EBR Riverfront

    August 31, 2015 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden called a press conference Monday morning to present updates on the Baton Rouge Riverfront. Holden's 11 a.m. press conference will be held on the Town Square Stage on North Boulevard and Third Street. The mayor's announcement didn't give any specifics about what... more »
  • After Katrina, New Orleans stakes future on urban water plan

    August 25, 2015 12:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sinking. It's a daily reality in New Orleans, where the soil is compacting and compressing, taking New Orleans down ever so slightly more with each passing year. Much of this old French city is built atop former peat bogs and swampland long ago pumped dry. ... more »
  • Safe area provided for people selling, buying from online venues Play Video

    August 19, 2015 11:14 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - There's a safe spot for people to buy or sell items from Craigslist or other online venues. The Denham Springs Police Department parking lot and lobby will serve as a safe spot, 24/7. Mayor Gerard Landry says Denham Springs has joined other cities that offer its... more »
  • Port Allen voter fraud investigation to end due to lack of evidence

    August 13, 2015 4:10 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Following final testimony held on Thursday, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says it has decided to abandon the investigation into reports of voter fraud that happened during Port Allen's 2014 mayoral race. A release from the Sheriff's Office says obvious "irregularities" were turned up... more »
  • Baton Rouge Edufest Play Video

    July 17, 2015 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- As summer winds down, groups across Baton Rouge are working hard to make sure kids are ready to go back to school. Last year, the Baton Rouge mayor's office got started on the My Brother's Keeper initiative, a program that addresses opportunity gaps faced by young men... more »
  • New Orleans mayor: move 4 Confederate monuments

    July 9, 2015 1:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking the New Orleans City Council to move four Confederate monuments and possibly replace them with symbols of the city's "culture, unity, hope and future." They include an obelisk known locally as the white supremacy monument. It originally commemorated members of the White... more »
  • New Orleans issues stop-work order on new jail

    June 24, 2015 3:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has ordered a halt to work on a new, nearly finished $145 million city jail that has been hailed by the city's sheriff as the answer to horrendous conditions at the current lockup. A City Hall news release Wednesday said the... more »
  • Springfield Mayor to resign in 90 days after plea deal Play Video

    June 15, 2015 10:46 AM

    SPRINGFIELD - Springfield Mayor Charles Martin will resign as his position within 90 days a result of a DWI cover-up investigation. After taking a plea deal Monday, Martin apologized for making a mistake. "I know it wasn't the right thing to do," he said. "You know, we discovered... more »
  • Mitch Landrieu looks at 10 years since Katrina, his 5 in office

    May 29, 2015 4:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Mayor Mitch Landrieu says New Orleans has come a long way in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and the five years since he took office, and still has a lot to do. He says a website called Katrina10.org will showcase the city's recovery. His "State of the... more »
  • 1000s of Houston properties damaged in flooding

    May 26, 2015 11:35 AM

    HOUSTON, TX - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says first responders to the flooding situations across much of the state saved countless lives. Abbott says the disaster declarations in the state stretch from "literally the Red River to the Rio Grande." The Republican added that Texas will "continue to have rising... more »

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